Jennifer Hanway

Enliven Your Lightest, Brightest You

Jennifer Hanway is a Holistic Nutritionist, Bio Signature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer, originally from London but now living in Newton Centre and working in Back Bay, Boston.

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Breakfast Smoothie: Pecan Pie

Happy National Pecan Pie Day!

Whilst I can't deny that Pecan Pie is delicious, its crazily high sugar content make it a little too decadent for an everyday treat. I've created this sweet, thick and creamy Pecan Pie Superfood Smoothie so you can enjoy the taste whilst keeping blood sugar stable and providing a ton of micronutrients.

Pecans are a great source of inflammation lowering, skin loving Omega 3 fatty acids, and are packed full of much needed minerals including magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper. 

Buy your pecans unsalted, and if they are roasted they should be dry roasted to avoid inflammatory fats. And just like all nuts and seeds once opened they should be stored in the freezer to prevent oxidation.

Pecan Pie Super Food Smoothie

  • 20g vanilla collagen or plant protein powder

  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice

  • 1/4 apple

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed 

  • 1 tablespoon pecan butter (I love @artisana organics) or 1 tablespoon chopped pecans 

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1.5 cups oat milk

Place all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Perfect for my Gut Healing and Lean and Clean Programs. 


Plant Based: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies

I'm going through a huge baking phase at the moment (Husband Hanway isn't mad at all), and cookies are my favourite quick and easy to make option as they really can be adapted to fit any healthy eating principle.

For Meatfree Monday this week I've made some Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies that are sugar free, grain free, low carb, high protein, high fibre, and packed full of pumpkin, our Fall seasonal superfood. And they are so good that Tim was hovering behind me as I was taking the picture so he could eat them the second I finished!

We store these in the freezer and defrost as needed, and they are the perfect mini meal to take to school or work - simply take them out of the freezer before leaving the house, wrap in a ziplock bag or parchment paper, and they will be a perfect' pick me up' for that mid afternoon energy slump...

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies

  • 40g vanilla plant based protein (hemp, pea, rice)

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 cup almond butter

  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

  • 2 x flaxseed eggs (3 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons warm water)

  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • pinch Himalayan salt

Preheat oven to 350. Make the flaxseed egg by combining the ground flaxseed and water in a bowl, and leave to thicken for a few minutes.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl or food processor and mix well. Cover bowl and leave in the refrigerator for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spoon out the mixture into ?? equal portions.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then leave to cool. The cookies will firm up a little more after baking!

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Plant Based: Veggie Filled Fast Pho

I’d never even heard of Pho until moving to the US, but its quickly become one of my favourite lunch or dinner options when temperatures drop, as it is a great way of achieving my PRIME PRINCIPLE of 7-9 servings a day, but is much easier to digest and feels way more nourishing than a cold salad.

My version below is a plant based, quick and easy twist on the traditional Vietnamese dish, and takes under 15 minutes to prepare, even less is you prep the veggies and tempeh during your weekly meal prep!

I’ve used tempeh as the plant based protein, and if you haven’t eaten tempeh before it is a dish made from the fermentation of soybeans, and the result is a firm, cake like product that can be easily sliced, fried and baked.

But isn’t soy bad, I hear you cry? Yes, I advise all my clients to ditch processed, genetically engineered soy, the type used in your soy lattes (I’m cringing as I this as I drank these for years), soy ice cream and soy cheeses.

Tempeh is a non processed, fermented soy product, that comes with a whole host of health benefits: it is rich in gut healing probiotics, high in the minerals calcium and copper, rich in isoflavones (plant based compounds that can relieve menopause symptoms) is a high protein, low carb plant based protein (it can be hard keeping a plant based diet lower carb, but tempeh is a great option), that is easily digestible and utilized by the body due to the fermentation process.

In this recipe I’ve used baby bok choy and broccoli - cruciferous vegetables that contains indoles, compounds that boost healthy estrogen metabolism. I recommend that my female clients eat at least two servings a day of lightly cooked cruciferous veggies a day, and this is something I aim for in my daily diet.

Instead of carb heavy rice noodles I’ve used ‘zero’ noodles, or ‘miracle noodles’, a super low carb option made from shirataki flour from the Japanese konjac yam.

And yes, I’ve used store bought veggie stock (in this case Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth from Pacfic Foods, via Thrive Market)! Traditionally this dish is made with slow cooked, home made vegetable or meat broth, but quite simply, I didn’t have time to make any this week!

To make this meal an even quicker ‘throw and go’ option you can marinate the tofu and prepare the veggies during your weekly meal prep, then simply cook the tofu, heat the stock and the noodles, then combine in a bowl and leave the veggies to soften a little in the warm broth - so simple yet so satisfying!

Veggie Filled Fast Pho

The tempeh

  • 4oz tempeh, cubed

  • 2 tablespoons tamari

  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos

The veggies

  • 1 baby bok choy, separated into leaves

  • 1 cup chopped broccoli

  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 scallion, sliced

  • 1’ fresh ginger, thinly sliced

The stock and noodles

  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 package shirataki noodles

Mix the tamari and coconut aminos together and marinate the tempeh for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Prepare the veggies, then place in a bowl. Rinse the noodles, then place them in a pan with the stock for a few minutes. Pour this over the veggies and leaving them to soften for a few minutes before eating.

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If you liked this post you’ll love my Warm Fall Salad with Tahini Cumin Dressing!

Eat Beautiful: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

This post is written in partnership with New Chapter Vitamins.

As an adopted New Englander I love everything Fall has to offer: crisp sunny days, apple picking, cute cosy clothes, and of course, pumpkin spice! 

Whilst not a fan of the super sugary and chemical laden pumpkin spice lattes, shakes, and baked goods available at the big chain coffee shops, I do love pumpkin for its amazing health boosting benefits. 

Pumpkin falls pretty high up on my 'Carbohydrate Hierarchy'; that is for a small number of carbs (20g in a cup), it is packed full of fiber and beta carotene (which provides it vibrant color), giving a real beauty boost to your hair, skin and nails. Beta carotene either converts into Vitamin A (Retinol) or acts as an anti inflammatory agent in the body and can be found in vegetables from the Carotenoid family such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes and squashes. 

Every meal I create always follows the PFF Formula (Protein, Fat, Fibre) to ensure balanced hunger hormones (insulin, leptin and grehlin) and the fat in this smoothie comes from the delicious cashew milk and cashew cream. I do like to rotate my plant based milks as it helps ensure you are getting a wide range of micronutrients in your diet, and can prevent food sensitivities.

Grass fed collagen is my go to protein powder of choice, as it contains amino acids that are wonderful for healing the cellular matrix of both the gut and the skin, and is easily digested and absorbed (remember, we are what we absorb)!

Cauliflower is one of the only white foods I recommend! Don’t let its pale appearance fool you, cauliflower contains the potent oxidant sulforaphane that activates liver enzymes essential for efficient detoxification. Store bought cauliflower rice (always buy organic) has been blanched and then frozen, so is perfect for my gut healthy rule of never eating raw cruciferous veggies.

A true pumpkin spice blend does not contain and blood sugar spiking, fat storing sugars or chemical sweeteners, but instead is a powerhouse blend of insulin lowering cinnamon, anti inflammatory ginger, and warming and digestion boosting nutmeg, allspice and cloves. I make my own pumpkin spice blend at home so I know that it is clean, and then use it in smoothies, lattes and chia puddings.

Maca is my go-to morning energy boosting adaptogen, and this New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder has been on my kitchen counter top and in pretty much every smoothie I’ve made since discovering it last year. New Chapter Fermented Booster Powders are fermented with beneficial probiotics and herbs, which makes them easily digestible, and unlocks the phytochemical beta glucan which is wonderful for health.*

Gut Healing Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or cooked pumpkin

  • 20g vanilla collagen powder

  • 1.5 cups cashew milk

  • 1 serving New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder

  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice

  • 2 tablespoons cashew cream (soak cashews overnight, drain and blend with a little water)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend

Place all the ingredients in the blender and been until smooth. Top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Gut Healing: Gut Friendly Sweet Potato Smoothie

Sweet potatoes are well know for their health benefits: they are rich in the anti oxidant beta carotene (which converts to Vitamin A in the body), essential for great hair, skin, nail and bone health, packed full of Vitamin B6 (a great energy booster), and full of Vitamin C, a must at this time of year as our immune systems lower due to cold temperatures and decreased daylight. 

However sweet potatoes can be wonderful for our gut health too, if we prepare them in the right way. By cooking and cooling them (in this case freezing) we create something called 'resistance starch'. You can think of resistance starch as a superfood for your gut bacteria - we don't digest it but the colony of good bacteria in our large intestine does! Not only does it feed the good bacteria in this part of the digestive tract, when digested in this way a short chain fatty acid (SFCA) called Butyrate is produced, which in turn feeds the good bacteria in our colons. 

Eating Resistance Starch can have a number of other benefits too, it can improve insulin sensitivity, lower the GI of a food, reduce appetite, and reduce inflammation in our digestive tracts. 

Other great sources of resistant starch include TigerNuts (one of my faves), grains, seeds and legumes, green bananas, and can be produced in foods such as potatoes and rice by cooking and cooling them (but not re-heating). 

For maximum benefits (and especially if you eat currently eat a diet that is low in fiber) add a little resistant starch in to your diet day by day, to give your GI tract time to get accustomed to the new food source. Eventually you can aim for 15-50 grams a day (two to four tablespoons), but tolerance will vary from person to person, so take it slow and steady! 

One of my favorite sources of resistance starch is frozen sweet potato, as it so economical and easy to prepare. These sweet potatoes were cooked in the slow cooker (around 5 hours on high), then cooled, peeled and frozen. The longer you leave them in the freezer the more resistant starch they will have (up to a month) but you will see benefits even from just freezing them overnight. 

Frozen sweet potatoes make a great addition to a Superfood Smoothie, and I've made the recipe below for both Husband Hanway and I the last three days in a row because its just so good! 

Sweet Potato Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla collagen powder

  • 1/3 cup frozen sweet potato

  • 1 teaspoon almond butter

  • 1.5 cups almond milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie. Top with crushed pecans or hemp seeds. 

If you like this recipe you will love my Apple Pie Smoothie - check it out here! 

 

Grilled Orange and Cranberry Salad

Today's Meatfree Monday comes courtesy of a warm salad, which is a route I love to take in the winter as you reap all the benefits of a fiber packed, nutrient dense salad whilst satisfying the need for warm, hearty foods that we feel in the winter. It also allows us to stay true to the Ayurvedic principle of eating seasonally, which is so important for our immune systems, digestion and overall wellbeing. 

Today's recipe is a cinch to make, and like the majority of my recipes I suggest making a big batch and using the leftovers to help with meals in a hurry during the week. The salad is hearty enough to be served on its own, but it is also delicious with some roasted root veggies for bigger appetites! 

Grilled Orange and Cranberry Salad
(serves 2 as a main course)

*1 cup quinoa
*
1.5 cups veggie stock
*1 orange
*1/2 cup cranberries
*4 big leaves chard (or other green leafy such as kale or cavolo nero)
*Salt and Pepper
*Toasted pumpkin seeds

Cook the quinoa by covering with the stock, bringing to the boil and simmering until all the stick has been absorbed, and the quinoa has 'opened up' (usually 8-10 minutes). Leave to sit with the lid on for another 5 minutes. 

Melt two big tablespoons of coconut oil in a cast iron or griddle pan, and grill the orange slices until they are slightly golden on both sides (2-3 minutes each side). Turn off the heat, remove the orange slices and set to one side. Add the cranberries to the pan but do not turn the heat on, you want the cranberries to be warmed through and some may burst, but overcooking will turn them to mush! 

Remove the cranberries and set to one side. Chiffonade (cut into thin 'ribbons') the greens, season with the salt and pepper, and sauté in the same pan for 2-3 minutes, adding extra coconut oil if needed. 

Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mix well, and serve topped with the toasted pumpkin seeds. 


 

Cashew and Pumpkin Seed Patty

I love working with my vegan and vegetarian clients as it means I can spend time in the kitchen developing more plant based recipes (and then eating them)!

These Cashew and Pumpkin Seed Patties are so easy to make, and take no time at all to cook. You can prep them in advance, and keep them refrigerated for a few days to cook when you wish, or cook up a batch and use them for meals during the week. 

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tigernut oil (or melted coconut)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until combined. Press into patties, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before lightly frying in coconut oil. 

I'll be serving these tonight with roasted sweet potato and a big green salad, but they would also be delicious with my Fennel and Cucumber Salad! You can check out the recipe here...

 

 

Superfood Smoothie: Coffee Coconut Breakfast Smoothie

In honor of International Coffee Day (one of my favorite days of the year) I wanted to share with you my recipe for one of my favorite Superfoods Smoothies! 

As some of you may know I am a big fan of coffee, as long as it is both organic (coffee is one of the most pesticide sprayed crops in the world) and low acid (acidity is one of the downsides to coffee). With that in mind I recommend all my coffee drinking clients switch to Puroast Coffee, my favorite for both its health boosting antioxidants and delicious taste! 

Coffee Coconut Breakfast Smoothie

• 1 cup coffee (cold)
• 1 scoop plant based vanilla protein powder
• 1 tablespoon collagen (omit if vegan / vegetarian)
• 1/4 avocado
• 1 teaspoon coconut butter
• water to taste
• ice cubes 

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink. Feel amazing!

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